Sewing Tip: Use Alligator Clips instead of Straight Pins!

alligator clips

This discovery came out of desperation and boy am I glad I was desperate!

Yesterday I set out to sew some much needed blankets for my soon to arrive little fella! While gathering my thread, scissors and other supplies I COULD NOT for the life of me find my straight pins! AHHHH! I checked everywhere! Talk about a downer! As a last resort I grabbed a box of Alligator Hair clips I found in a drawer while frantically on the hunt! Little did I know these little babies would soon become my newest sewing companion favorite!


These clips slide easily onto my freshly ironed edges and hold them in place and are perfect for corners!


And talk about and easy off! These clips are so easy to pull off while you are still sewing! Much less stop and go to remove straight pins.

alligator love

I’m totally converted to using these over straight pins for edge work and here’s why…

-Easy to slide on my edges with one hand.

-Has a tight hold that won’t pop off when I move my fabric.

-Super simple to remove one handed while sewing without having to stop sewing to take off.

-Are large enough to see while sewing so I won’t accidentally NOT see it like I have in the past when I used straight pins. I have accidentally sewed a straight pin into my blanket and damaged my needle, mangled my straight pin making it hard to removed, or left a pin in my finished product and found it later while using the finished product! Ouch!

-If I drop a clip on the floor they are much easier to find then a dangerous straight pin! Comforting when kids are often near by while I sew.

-Alligator clips don’t draw blood!

Give it a try! I bet you too will love this new short cut! I only wish I had discovered it sooner!



  1. 1

    Um, this is pretty much the most genius idea I’ve ever read on a blog. Love it!

  2. 2

    Okay, this is one of those slap my head, why didn’t I think of that kind of moments! Absolutely brilliant I tell you, brilliant! Cannot wait to try this. :)

  3. 3

    What a happy accident! Brilliant.

  4. 4

    What a fabulous idea!! much easier than straight pins.

  5. 5

    What a great tip! Just added it to my pinterest board of sewing tips so I don’t forget it. Thanks!

  6. 6

    Aw this is a fantastic idea! I may just be putting my straight pins away forever!

  7. 7

    Just now getting to this piece of gold via my (soon to be defunct) Google Reader. LOVE this idea! I’ve had to use vice grips and a tapping hammer to remove broken needles from machines before so this idea is tops in my book! Love your blog!

  8. 8

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